My kids love to play school. They sit all their stuffed animals in a row and teach them all kinds of things. Mostly they imitate their own teachers. In preschool and early elementary school the day seems to always begin with looking at the calendar as a class and then noticing the weather. A few weeks ago I was brainstorming some possible projects for a book I am contributing to and I ran my ideas past the kids. When I mentioned a weather feltboard they could use in their pretend classroom their eyes lit up. I ended up going with a different project, but since then there has been a lot of begging polite inquiries as to when this feltboard might be complete. And here it is.
-20″ x 14″ rectangle of black felt for the backdrop
-6″ x 5″ rectangle of black felt for the pocket
-scraps of felt in various colors for the weather symbols
-thread in various colors to match the felt
-8″ white yarn
-a glue stick
-small embroidery scissors
-pinking shears (optional)
First, download this pdf I made of weather feltboard templates. Either print it out directly onto an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of freezer paper, or print it on regular paper and trace it onto freezer paper.
I like to cut roughly around each shape at first and then cut the shape out exactly once it is ironed onto the felt. This makes for a very neat job when cutting the felt.
Iron each shape onto a piece of appropriately colored felt.
For the sun, I cut out the outer part in light yellow and the inner part in dark yellow. I like to use a glue stick to temporarily adhere the pieces together before I sew to prevent shifting under the machine needle.
Then I zigzag stitched around the circle for a neat finish.
I used a length an 8″ piece of white yarn for the kite’s string. I tied a knot at one end and used a few hand stitches to attach it to the back of the kite. A small stitch in each tail worked to attach those to the kite string.
Now it is time to sew the pocket that will keep all of these weather symbols. Take your 6″ x 5″ piece of black felt and cut across the top with pinking shears to give the pocket a decorative edge (this is optional, but I like the way it looks).
Place the pocket on the 20″ x 14″ backdrop. I put my in the center toward the bottom, but the pocket could really go anywhere. Pin in place and zigzag stitch around the sides and bottom of the pocket to hold it in place.
Put two grommets at the top so that you can hang the feltboard and voila! Playing school just got a bit more exciting!
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